Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: If you like to be out where the people are and you like moving around as opposed to sitting, working at a restaurant as a server can be a fantastic way to earn some cash while you get your steps!

Amava Take: Restaurants are social hubs. People go out to eat because it’s a relaxing, social experience. Plus, good food is in! You can work as a server with a flexible schedule and be part of the buzz. Every town has a few places where people gather to enjoy food and good company. And cities have them on nearly every block. It’s fast-paced and stimulating—before you know it, you’ll have those specials memorized!

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

Personable, quick-thinking, warm people who can handle a high-energy environment.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Be on time and be willing to pitch in with the team if something doesn’t go as planned. Know the menu!

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Shifts are usually well-defined.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Meeting so many interesting people and working with great folks.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Any long wait or delay can make customers unhappy and that can be stressful.

Appetizer or dessert?

Appetizer! Maybe two!

Special Requirements: In general, restaurants are looking for people with some experience, but everyone has to start somewhere and usually an in-person meeting can go a long way. Bartenders may require more training, but that varies as well. Here’s an overview of server job expectations.

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Finding a Position: Checking local places that you love in person is a great idea. But there are always listings on job boards as well. An online hourly job marketplace will have many opportunities. Here’s a restaurant and hospitality job site.